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AppleMagazine #311

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United States
Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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26 Issues


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gadgets get in gear: tech paves safer path for cars of future

The Apple iPhone was introduced in 2007; Apple has sold hundreds of millions of them. The eighth iteration was just announced. And desktop and laptop computers are pretty much obsolete after five years of use. Technology moves fast. What’s hot today will be dated soon. And today’s consumers hate to be behind the times. The automotive world is listening. And what they’re hearing is that we want communication and we want to be safe. Although some prospective buyers will complain about the growing “Nanny State” takeover — including vehicle geo-tracking and the emergence of self-driving cars — there are clear benefits to settings that will parallel park the car for you, warn if you’re going to back into an object, and let you know if you’re drifting out of your lane or approaching an…

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apple teams with steven spielberg on video expansion

Apple is teaming up with award-winning director Steven Spielberg for its first major push into TV programming. The iPhone maker is bringing back Spielberg’s 30-year-old anthology series “Amazing Stories” in its attempt to build an online video subscription service to challenge the digital networks operated by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO. “We love being at the forefront of Apple’s investment in scripted programming, and can’t think of a better property than Spielberg’s beloved ‘Amazing Stories’ franchise,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement Tuesday. NBC Entertainment works with Spielberg’s Amblin Television on the series. Apple declined to comment on the deal. The Wall Street Journal first reported Apple had secured the “Amazing Stories” rights. The series aired on NBC from 1985 to 1987 and won five Emmy awards for its mixture of…

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goodbye: pioneering aol instant messenger to be discontinued

AOL announced that it is discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service. An article on AOL’s website posted last Friday says AOL Instant Messenger will be discontinued on Dec. 15. In a blog post, a spokesman for AOL’s parent company explained the platform’s demise as the casualty of the evolving way people communicate. “AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” wrote Michael Albers, vice president of communications at Oath. The program will still function until Dec. 15 After that date, users won’t be able to sign in and all data will be deleted. AOL says people with an aim.com email address will still be able to use it. Launched in 1997, AOL…

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families use facebook to search for loved ones after fires

Desperate to find her mother after hearing her say “I’m going to die” over the phone as her mobile home caught fire, Jessica Tunis thought she should put her mom’s name and picture on Facebook with a plea for help, a now common and constant move for concerned loved ones in disasters such as the Northern California wildfires. But she hesitated. “At first, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I wanted to respect my mother’s privacy,” Tunis, whose mother was still among the missing amid the fires, told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. “I didn’t want to spread her all over the place.” She soon realized that was exactly what she wanted to do. She joined the dozens of people posting heartfelt pleas like “Looking for my Grandpa Robert,”…

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fake news is still here, despite efforts by google, facebook

Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they’re still inadvertently promoting it — often at the worst possible times. Online services designed to engross users aren’t so easily retooled to promote greater accuracy, it turns out. Especially with online trolls, pranksters and more malicious types scheming to evade new controls as they’re rolled out. FEAR AND FALSITY IN LAS VEGAS In the immediate aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, Facebook’s “Crisis Response” page for the attack featured a false article misidentifying the gunman and claiming he was a “far left loon.” Google promoted a similarly erroneous item from the anonymous prankster site 4chan in its “Top Stories” results. A day after the attack, a YouTube search on “Las Vegas shooting” yielded a conspiracy-theory video that claimed multiple shooters were…

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facebook begins ‘human review’ of potentially sensitive ads

Facebook says it will begin manually reviewing advertisements that target certain groups and address politics, religion, ethnicity and social issues. The company has informed some advertisers about the new “human review” requirement, warning them that it might cause delays before their ads can appear on the social media platform. Facebook has had to apologize amid recent revelations of rampant abuse of its automated advertising process to broadcast false news or promote divisive and hateful messages, such as ads aimed at people who’ve expressed anti-Semitic views. The company is also under increasing congressional scrutiny after revealing that ads linked to a Russian internet agency were seen by an estimated 10 million people before and after the 2016 election. Axios first reported on the written notice to advertisers. Facebook confirmed it Saturday.…